Pre-greek breakfast

What better way to prepare for a morning of greek lectures than by revising some greek? What way indeed?

A few things I’ve noticed this semester:

  • the first half of semester was much easier than the second
  • if you skip a concept, or don’t learn it thoroughly, there won’t be time to go back: there’s a tonne of new things to learn every week
  • for some reason, I don’t pray much about my language learning: it’s probably a pattern i’ve picked up from other study.

It won’t surprise you to learn that lecturers will pray at the start and the end of lectures, but that’s a three hour block: if you arrive late, you’ll miss that altogether, and it can seem a lot like studying at a secular institution. Combine that with the part-time student pattern of not being on-site for chapel (a kind of hour-long church service) or pastoral care groups, and it can be quite a spiritually dry time, if you let it be.

In my case, i’ve already established some friendship with a number of lecturers: if you are prepared to ask for some time with them, then they’re always happy to provide face time and wise counsel. I worry – perhaps needlessly – that less bold students might slip through the cracks at times.

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  1. I see a lot of cracks in the Christian world… At the moment I am trying to help close some whilst trying not to fall down a crack or two myself… Hang in there Dave, we’re so proud of you for having the courage to learn more about our rich cultural heritage and pray it helps you grow into an even better spiritual vessel. Kath 🙂

  2. Hi Dave,

    Love your blog! Just gettting one started myself – similar theme… A couple of cafes I regularly go to in Sydney CBD; U-Cook, Met Cafe, Cafe Tutti, Cafe Capri…

    I’d be interested to know if you’ve been and what you think?

    So I added you to my blogroll, keep posting!

    Nick

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